Welcome to SDSN’s June 2018 Newsletter!


SDSN’s New Financing Initiative: Move Humanity 
On 11 June, the President of the General Assembly convened a high-level meeting on financing for the SDGs at the UN Headquarters in New York. SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs introduced the Move Humanity global initiative as a key strategy for mobilizing private development assistance to advance the SDGs, particularly in low-income countries.

Leaving No U.S. City Behind: The 2018 U.S. Cities SDG Index 
At the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 86th Annual Meeting, SDSN released the 2nd Annual U.S. Cities SDG Index. The report, “Leaving No U.S. City Behind,” shows that all U.S. cities, even those at the top of the Index, have far to go to achieve the 17 SDGs, especially those relating to climate and equality of opportunity. The report has received wide media coverage as U.S. cities consider their role in achieving the SDGs.

Launch of the first Africa SDG Index and Dashboards 
On 19 June, the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) and SDSN launched the first Africa SDG Index and Dashboards 2018 Summary Report at the African Union in Addis Ababa. The full report will be released on 6 July during a live online session. The report includes a dashboard of all 54 African countries to help pinpoint implementation challenges.

Second FABLE Consortium meeting in Austria 
The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium met for its second full consortium meeting on 6 to 8 June at IIASA in Austria. Close to 30 FABLE country team members joined for an in-depth training workshop on geospatial modeling. The Consortium also adopted an ambitious work program. Separately, the T20 recommends FABLE for adoption by G20 countries.


SDSN in the Media

James W. Hansen et al.: Development of Monsoonal Asia Climate Risk Analysis Maprooms, CGSpace – May 2018

Homi Kharas, Sebastian Strauss, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Rodrigo Rodriquez TornquistAdvancing the G20’s Commitment to the 2030 Agenda, T20 Working Paper – May 2018

Hirokazu Yoshikawa et al.: Implementation research for early childhood development programming in humanitarian contexts, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences – May 2018

Ken E. Giller et al.: Yield gap analysis and entry points for improving productivity on large oil palm plantations and smallholder farms in Ghana, Agricultural Systems – May 25, 2018

Aromar Revi et al.: On observed aridity changes over the semiarid regions of India in a warming climate, Theoretical and Applied Climatology – May 28, 2018

Lan Xue et al.: The BRICS and Africa’s search for green growth, clean energy and sustainable development, Energy Policy – June 19, 2018


Upcoming SDSN Events

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development organized by the UN will be held from 9-18 July, 2018, and is the official forum to review progress towards the SDGs. SDSN will be participating with a number of side events as marked below (**). Read the full scope of SDSN’s HLPF events here.

Online Launch of the 2018 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report
Organized by the SDG Center for Africa and SDSN
6 July | Online at 12pm UTC

**The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in the Implementation of the Targets in SDG 11
Organized by SDSN, UNESCO, & Cetic.br
9 July | New York, USA

**Realizing the SDGs: Urban Knowledge, Challenges, and Tools
Organized by International Science Council, Cities Alliance, OECD, UN-Habitat, Global Challenges Research Fund UK, & SDSN 
10 July | New York, USA

Amazon Summer School
Organized by SDSN Amazon & SDSN
11-31 July | Tumbira, Brazil

**Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) Global Event
Organized by HESI
11 July | New York, USA

**Partnering on Long-Term Strategies to Achieve the SDGs
Organized by the OECD, SDSN & Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN
16 July | New York, USA

**Launch of the 2018 SDG Index Report
Organized by SDSN & Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN
17 July | New York, USA

View full list of events


Other News and Events

  • The International Forum on the SDGs was held from 19-21 June in Bambey, Senegal, as a platform for dialogue and coordination around the SDGs in Senegal and was co-organized by the University of Bambey, SDSN Sahel, and Millenium Promise.
  • SDSN and Université PSL co-hosted a public event on 21 June on “The Role of France and French Universities in Achieving the SDGs.” At the event PSL and Kedge Business School announced plans to host a future SDSN France, which will be launched in November 2018.
  • SDSN Australia/Pacific and its Youth Initiative were acknowledged in Australia’s Voluntary National Review 2018 for making a significant contribution to the report.
  • SDG Academy along with Class Central has pulled together the definitive list of courses for learning about the SDGs.
  • SDSN Youth is excited to announce the 57 Global Schools Ambassadorswho will coordinate local efforts to empower schools and teachers to educate children on the SDGs.
  • The study ‘The Economic and Social Benefits of Low-carbon Cities’ was conducted for the Coalition for Urban Transitions by experts at the University of Leeds Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.
  • On 30-31 August, SDSN Member Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will host an international SDG conference themed “Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact.”
  • SDSN Senior Advisor Jess Espey published a new SDSN blog on using evidence and data to drive action on the SDGs.
  • Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI and SDSN Leadership Council Member, wasappointed Minister for the Ecological Transition in the new Spanish government.
  • SDSN Leadership Council Member Patricia Espinosa was named one of the 100 most powerful women of Mexico by Forbes.

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